Tall,Dark, and,- Handsome
|Barked: Mon Mar 25, '13 4:23pm PST |
Chewy has had a dark rash on his stomach between his legs for a long time. It has never really bothered him and our old vet said it could have been from his skin rubbing or from getting scratched another dog while playing. Obviously the rash is still around, so I don't think it was either of those.
But my parents never thought anything of it because of the old vet. Our new vet has not yet seen the rash.
It's really never bothered him before, or maybe I never really noticed. Now he seems to be licking it more often. I used to think he was cleaning himself, but now I'm observing him more he's actually licking the rash area.
I've been doing some research and I'm wondering if it could be a food allergy?
He's always been on some kind of Chicken and Rice food. Right now he's on the Kirkland Chicken and Rice, which he's been on for over a year. I also want to add whenever we have given him eggs in the past, cooked or raw he throws up, so I'm thinking he could be allergic to eggs? I also read there is egg product in the food. After doing some more research I saw that some dogs who are having bad reactions to eggs can also be allergic to chicken and other types of birds as well. I only read a few threads, I'm not sure how accurate that is.
I've been watching him and today after he ate, he came in my room laid down and started licking his rash. I also noticed he was panting a bit and had some drool around his mouth. He's done this consistently after he eats his food in the few days I've been observing. He will lay down and sleep, but then he lifts his head and just pants for a minute and then either licks the rash or goes to sleep.Later in the day or he'll lick the rash, but not really as much. I've checked his arm pits and paws for any type of rash or irritation also, but didn't find anything. It only seems to be his belly area.
I've heard a little about an elimination diet, but haven't done any research yet. Is it okay to follow the steps to one of those here at home or should I wait until he is actually seen by the vet.
I'm hoping to get him into the vet soon, but now everyone is sick except for me. Mom has been going back and forth to doctors and we've been having family coming to stay with us back and forth. I'm going to see if my dad can take him with me sometime this week.
Thanks for any tips and advice. I will try to take a picture of the rash so you can see it.
EDIT- Here's the ingredients to his food
Kikrland Food Ingredients
Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and Vitamin E), egg product, beet pulp, potatoes, fish meal, flaxseed, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, millet, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, carrots, peas, kelp, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
Edited by author Mon Mar 25, '13 4:45pm PST
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